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Redskins vs. Chiefs Monday Night Football Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Redskins vs. Chiefs Monday Night Football Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Monday Night Football is a tradition that many close to the Washington Redskins tend to forget about.

Tonight the Redskins (2-1) face the Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) in what will be a raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

Since 1998, Washington is 5-19 on Monday night but also an impressive 4-3 on the road in those contests.

Playing in Kansas City is no cake walk though, the Chiefs are known to having one of the best home-field advantages in all of football.

They also hold the current record for the loudest stadium in the world at 142.2 decibels.

Last weekend the Redskins got the primetime bug off of their backs by commanding the Super Bowl contending Oakland Raiders.

Through three games in 2017, the Redskins have relied on a stout defensive front that has opposing quarterbacks struggling. Finding success in Week 3, Kirk Cousins has appeared to come to form with his 365 yard, three touchdown performance. Running back Rob Kelley is back along with tight end Jordan Reed which will surely boltser the offensive arsenal that the team will need on Monday night. 

The Week 4 Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Chiefs takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra. (Channel Finder)

REDSKINS VS. CHIEFS WEEK 4 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:

FOURTH QUARTER:

11:40 p.m.: Chiefs go for the kick from 43 yards out. Butker makes the kick but Gruden called a timeout beforehand. He makes it again afterwards. Chiefs lead 23-20. 

11:36 p.m.: Smith completes a pass to Conley but the ball comes loose. Conley is ruled down. Officials review the play but the call stands. The Chiefs get the first down at the Redskins' 24.

11:33 p.m.: Smith has time and completes a deep pass to Wilson all the way down to the Redskins' 35 yard line. Only 33 seconds left. 

11:30 p.m.: Hopkins sinks the 40-yard field goal on 4th down. The game is tied 20-20 with 47 seconds to go. 

11:29 p.m.: On 3rd and 2, Cousins throws it perfectly into the endzone to Doctson but the receiver wasn't able to come down with it. 

11:21 p.m: On 3rd and 8, Cousins holds onto the ball and rushes for 10 yards and the first down. Two plays later, Cousins holds onto it again and scrambles up the middle to the Chiefs' 30-yard line for another first down. Under two minutes left in the game.

11:15 p.m.: On 4th and 5, the Chiefs go for three. Butker makes the 32-yard field goal. Chiefs lead 20-17 with a little under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

11:07 p.m.: Even on the road, Redskins fans rep the team. 

11:05 p.m.: Alex Smith having little trouble moving the ball down the field now. The Redskins had been pressuring him a bunch earlier in the game. But the injuries are starting to take a toll on them.

11:03 p.m.: The Redskins have contained Kareem Hunt for most of the night. But there is Hunt, brekaing off an 18-yard run. 

10:58 p.m.: Redskins just look like a different team. Less gusto, moxie, grit, pluck, you know, buzzwords. But that can be attributed to a few things: injuries, playing on the road, late-game cramps and more injuries.

THIRD QUARTER:

10:45 p.m.: Chiefs tie it up on a Harrison Butker (lololololol) field goal.

10:42 p.m.: With Josh Norman out of the lineup, the Redskins defense is not firing on all cylinders. DJ Swearinger just barked at Martrell Spaight for being out of position. This really is turning into the tale of two halves. 

10:35 p.m.: Marcus Peters has not had a great game, and now he's taking it out on his own fans. 

10:32 p.m.: Ryan Grant. TD. Good guys 17, bad guys 14. 

10:30 p.m.: Vernon Davis catcheds a nice pass from Kirk Cousins, maybe 25 yards. Davis adds 40 or so after the catch. Officially a 69-yard catch. Nice.

10:25 p.m.: Update: Zach Brown tackle. Flag. Deshazor Everett injury. Chiefs TD. 

10:20 p.m.: Need a game reset? Here you go: Redskins TD. Redskins FG. Trent Williams injury. Trent Williams returns. Rob Kelley injured. Penalty. Chiefs score. Penalty. Josh Norman injury. Halftime. Rob Kelley doubtful for return. Josh Norman doubtful to return. Flag. Martrell Spaight injury. Flag. Martrell Spaight returns. 

SECOND QUARTER:

9:45 p.m.: And now Josh Norman is walking off the field, favoring his shoulder. It's the same shoulder he injured in Week 2 against the Rams. 

9:35 p.m.: Tress Way with a 52-yard punt. Tress Way is good at punting. 

9:32 p.m.: Another drop from Terrelle Pryor. Not great, Bob.

9:30 p.m.: Good news: Trent Williams is back in the game. Bad news: Rob Kelley is questionable for return with an ankle injury.

9:25 p.m.: My goodness, Josh Norman. He absolutely unloaded on Travis Kelce.

9:15 p.m.: Trent Williams is questionable for return. That is not good. Not good at all.

9:10 p.m.: Trent Williams is down and being helped off the field. He walked off the field on his own power, but losing him for even just one play is a major loss.

9:05 p.m.: Was just a matter of time before the Chiefs move the ball down the field. 

FIRST QUARTER:

8:58 p.m.: Redskins in the red zone: Handoff to Rob Kelley. Handoff to Rob Kelley. Kirk Cousins zone read. Dustin Hopkins field goal. WHERE IS THE FADE?!?! Redskins 10, Chiefs 0.

8:54 p.m.: The call is reversed and the Redskins hold on to the ball. Phew.

8:53 p.m.: Kirk Cousins finds Jordan Reed over the middle in double-coverage. Reed makes a great catch, but the ball is dislodged as he goes down. Call on the field is a fumble, but they're taking a look at it. 

8:50 p.m.: Redskins go for it on Fourth and short. Beautiful play call gets Cousins out of the pocket on a bootleg. Great blocking from Jeremy Sprinkle and Trent Williams.

8:45 p.m.: Does anybody else find it strange when Jay Gruden refers to his brother as "Jay Gruden?" Just call him Jay. I get that he has to be impartial, but still. It's weird.

8:42 p.m.: Chiefs offensive lineman Lauren Duvernay-Tardif is down on the field and looks to be in a lot of pain. The Chiefs offensive line is already down Mitch Morse and Parker Ehringer. On top of that Eric Fisher is battling back pain. Not a good sign for the Chiefs. 

8:40 p.m.: Ryan Kerrigan sacks Alex Smith. Kerrigan has been simply sensational through the first four weeks. This is his 100th career game for the Redskins and his 100th straight start.

8:37 p.m.: Did Pryor push off on Marcus Peters? It sure looked like it, but no call from the zebras.

8:35 p.m.: Terrelle Pryor hauls in a huge pass from Kirk Cousins. That's Pryor's first TD of the season. Second week in a row Redskins have scored on their opening drive. Redskins 7, Chiefs 0

8:30 p.m.: A big run by Rob Kelley. He's gonna have to pound the rock a lot tonight.

PREGAME:

8:10 p.m.: Will Kirk Cousins throw for at least 292 yards tonight? It's a question JP Finlay and Rich Tandler posed during their Over/Under segment. Before the MNF game tonight, JP got answers from two pretty good Redskins quarterbacks.

7:55 p.m.: For those wondering, the Redskins are just 2-9 in their last 11 Monday Night Football games. The win vs. the Raiders in primetime on Sunday night was big, but Monday Night Football is a whole different beast.

7:45 p.m.: So, yeah. Bashauld Breeland's custom cleats are pretty dope. 

7:40 p.m.: Josh Doctson finally got it done last week, thanks to a huge touchdown catch against the Raiders. Can he replicate his Week 3 success in Week 4?

7:30 p.m.: Before we get to the game, be sure to check out JP Finlay's latest "Checking In" segment. It's BBQ heavy.

6:55 p.m.: The Inactive list is out for Redskins vs. Chiefs. The Redskins are going with four tight ends tonight but just four wide receivers. Also: Mack Brown is not in the lineup. 

6:40 p.m.: This is a very large drum.

Look at the size of this freaking drum

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6:10 p.m.: Two Chiefs fans have what looks to be a Batmobile and I've never been more jealous.

6:05 p.m.: White jerseys and burgundy pants for the Redskins tonight. More burgundy pants, please.

5:55 p.m.: Like most of you, I am sitting in my office and wondering how I can get to the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot within the next ten minutes.

5:35 p.m.: Good dog or greatest dog?

5:20 p.m.: Personally, I am torn on this game. I did not expect the Redskins to shellack the Raiders, not at home, not in primetime, not at all. Did that change my perception of what the Redskins can do? Not really. I think tonight will be more competative thatn I thought a week ago, but Kansas City is a talented, sturdy football team. We'll get to predictions in a bit, but I just needed to state early on that my expectations are tempered. 

5:15 p.m.: As I mentioned, JP Finlay is on the scene in Kansas City. Arrowhead Stadium is one of America's great football venues and the place is rockin' even several hours before kickoff.

5:10 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 4 live blog of the Redskins vs. Chiefs game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at Arrowhead Stadium for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around. 

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Can Brandon Scherff do something that no Redskins O-lineman has done since 1991?

Can Brandon Scherff do something that no Redskins O-lineman has done since 1991?

Those who doubted the wisdom of the Redskins drafting a guard with the fifth overall pick in 2015 (yes, I was one of them) should be preparing to eat their words.

On draft day and during the two and a half years since then, there has been plenty of talk that the Redskins would regret taking Brandon Scherff, who played tackle in college but seemed destined to play guard in the NFL, so early. Not that anyone thought that Scherff would be a bad NFL player but given that they left DL Leonard Williams and edge rusher Vic Beasley on the board, he needed to develop into an All-Pro caliber guard to justify such a high pick.

Well, don’t look now but Scherff is making his way towards becoming one of the best guards in the game. Not just Pro Bowl good; he checked that box last year. Scherff could become the first Redskins position player to be named a first-team All-Pro since Darrell Green and Jim Lachey earned the honors in 1991.

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Asked about Scherff’s play this year, Jay Gruden was effusive in his praise.

He’s reacting. He’s anticipating. He’s pulling. He’s pass-blocking. He’s run-blocking. He’s double teaming. He’s doing everything you want him to do out in screens, out in space. He’s the best guard out in space by far in this league. It’s fun to watch him.

You can listen to Gruden’s full comments on Scherff in the video above.

Gruden is not exactly an unbiased observer. But other, more neutral analysts also have been heaping praise on Scherff.

An article on Pro Football Focus said that Scherff had an “elite” game against the 49ers, not allowing any pass rush pressures and dominating as a run blocker.

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Two other analysts clipped some plays from the 49ers game to illustrate just how well he was playing.

This one from Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network shows one play, the 49-yard screen pass to Chris Thompson on which Scherff threw a key block.

I’m not sure what the scouting credentials Brandon Thorn has but he did put together a nice collection of clips of Scherff making quality blocks both in space and in the interior vs. the 49ers.

Will Scherff earn All-Pro honors? That could depend on how well the team does. While the All-Pro teams are supposed to be individual honors, it’s tough for an offensive lineman to get many votes if he’s not on a winning team, especially on like Scherff who would be trying to break into the club for the first time.

But the Redskins are not really worried about All-Pro votes. If he keeps playing the way he’s playing and he gets no such consideration it will be fine with them.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

 

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Need to Know: Redskins to face Eagles’ clutch Carson Wentz, productive Zach Ertz

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Need to Know: Redskins to face Eagles’ clutch Carson Wentz, productive Zach Ertz

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 20, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room, after practice approx. 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 9
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 34

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), OT Ty Nsekhe (core muscle)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle), OLB Ryan Anderson (back), S Stefan McClure (knee). OL Tyler Catalina (concussion protocol).
It was encouraging that Breeland and Norman practiced although Jay Gruden noted that they both took place only in individual drills. See the full injury report here.  

First look at Redskins vs Eagles

Number that pops out—LeGarrette Blount, who had a career average of 4.4 yards per carry coming into the year, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, fourth in the NFL. Not bad for a guy who is supposed to be a lumbering power back. The key to stopping him is the same as it always has been, getting the north-south runner to go east-west. The Redskins did a solid job against him in Week 1, limiting him to a 3.3-yard average on his 14 carries.

The clutch gene? Carson Wentz is the MVP favorite right now and the thing is that his stats are very good but not very impressive. He ranks 10th in net yards per attempt, 25th in completion percentage, eighth in yards per game, and seventh in passer rating. But he gets it done when it counts. Seven of his 16 touchdown passes have come on third down. His passer rating of 130 on third down is 10 points better than the second-best in that category, a guy named Tom Brady. As a result, the Eagles get first downs on 53 percent of their third-down passes, also best in the league.

Third down passing the key—The Redskins allow conversions on 35.7 percent of third-down passes, 16th in the NFL. If this game ends up with third downs near the Redskins’ season performance they will be in good shape. If the Eagles convert half of their third downs or more, the visitors will be in trouble.

Protecting Kirk Cousins—The Eagles have 14 sacks on the year. They got four against the Redskins in the season opener so they have 10 in their five games since. Their leading sacker is Brandon Graham, who has four on the season. Two of those came in the opener so he has two in the other five games. He will again be lined up against Morgan Moses, who had one of his worst games since becoming a starter against Philly. If Moses plays as well as he has since Week 1 Cousins could have time to have one of his usual big games against the Eagles.

Yes, Ertz is a pain— This is kind of hard to believe but Zach Ertz, who has been in the league since 2013, is third all-time in tight end receptions against the Redskins with 54. He’s behind only Jason Witten and Jackie Smith and ahead of Jeremy Shockey, Mark Bavaro, and Jay Novaeck. Ertz has played nine games against Washington; Witten has played 28 and Smith played 27. So if it seems like Ertz is always a thorn in the Redskins’ side, it’s because he is.

Potpourri: Wentz is the Eagles’ second-leading rusher with 133 yards on 32 carries . . . The Eagles have the third-best special teams DVOA in the league. On punt returns, they are averaging 16 yards per and giving up an average of 5.6 yards. That’s a lot of hidden field position.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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From the locker room

Josh Norman talking about how it felt when he put some stress on his broken rib during practice on Thursday.

Posted by Rich Tandler on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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